Staff

 

Susan Mills (Retired)


Susan Mills has been licensed to practice law in the State of Rhode Island since 1997. She has a Juris Doctor from Northeastern Law School, and an undergraduate degree from Brown University.  Before opening her own firm, she worked in the non-profit sector as an accredited representative for seven years, so she has over twenty years of experience in the field of immigration law. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, and has extensive personal experience with Latino immigrants in the U.S. and in Latin American countries. She is committed to a law practice which provides excellent quality, bilingual legal representation to clients which also fully respects their own thoughts, experiences, and life needs. From the time she founded the firm as the sole practitioner, the office has now expanded to include five lawyers, three legal assistants, and various support staff. Ms. Mills is also an avid bicyclist, occasionally touring both in the U.S. and abroad, and a small-scale organic farmer.

Stephen Born

 

Stephen Born received a degree in History, cum laude, at John Hopkins University in 1985, a J.D., cum laude, from Boston University in 1991, and a Bilingual ESL and Linguistics Certificate from American University in 2000.  From 2007 to the present, he has served as a lawyer at Mills & Born, specializing in complex immigration, catastrophic personal injury, and discrimination and harassment matters on behalf of employees.   Mr. Born previously served as a managing attorney at a private firm in the Boston area, where he was a trial and appellate lawyer in personal injury, employment, immigration and clergy sexual abuse matters.  He has been featured twice on the cover of Lawyers Weekly for winning notable cases that changed the law in Massachusetts, including the landmark Sheehan v. Roche Bros. decision by the SJC in 2007.  He has served as a bilingual weekly radio host and as a televised expert on immigration matters.  He has lived and worked all over the world, including Bangladesh, India, West Africa, Turkey, and Latin America.  He plays harmonica in a quartet known as Slow Boat Home.

Stephen was also involved in these cases

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Amber Lewis
 

 

 


 



Juan Bravo
 

Mr. Bravo is a Spanish attorney holding a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid with high honors and a Juris Doctor Degree graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Mr. Bravo started his career in Spain in the Corporate Department of a law firm where his clients ranged from financial institutions, banks and mergers and acquisitions transactions to civil claims. Mr Bravo experience also includes formal studies in Social Work as he holds a degree in Social Work Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. 

In 2009, Juan relocated to Puerto Rico, obtained his Juris Doctor and passed the Bar Exam. His areas of practice in Puerto Rico included employment and labor law claims, workers' compensation, welfare benefits, collective bargain agreements and arbitration. He is admitted to the practice of law in Puerto Rico as well as in Spain. He specializes in deportation defense, family-based immigration cases, and refugee and asylum law. An immigrant to this country, Mr. Bravo is uniquely positioned to assist other foreign nationals as he has been through the entire immigration process himself.

James Escobedo
 

James Escobedo is a native Rhode Islander born from two immigrant parents. He holds a JD from Roger Williams University, where he was awarded the Thomas J. Caldarone Fellowship in recognition of his work in the public interest. He also was recognized by his law school for completing 100 hours of pro bono work. James developed his passion for helping others as a Bonner Scholar at Guilford College, where he devoted much of his time to working with refugees. After graduation, James worked as an organizer for AFL-CIO, fighting for greater labor protections on behalf of immigrant farm workers working on tobacco fields. This work inspired James to pursue a career in law. Since beginning law school, James’s experience has included work on asylum and SIJ cases with the Roger Williams Immigration Clinic. He has also worked in tenant rights with the Rhode Island Center for Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services. He has also worked in civil litigation with Providence Youth Student Movement where he continues to volunteer in his free time.

Mark Morrison


Mark Morrison is the senior legal assistant and office director at Mills and Born in Providence. He joined the organization in 2003. He specializes in immigrant visa applications, waiver applications, religious visa processing, and many other family immigration applications as well as asylum matters. Prior to this position, Mark worked for 9 years with the Diocese of Providence, where he was the Coordinator of the Immigration and Refugee Services program for the Diocese of Providence. There, he was an accredited representative and represented clients before the Immigration Service and the Immigration Court. Prior to that, Mark served as a Catholic missionary for five years in Oaxaca, Mexico with the Maryknoll Lay Mission Program. He is married with three sons. Mark enjoys running and many other sports, reading, spending time with his family, and various church activities.

Amanda Biason

 

Amanda Biason has several degrees, including Juris Doctor from UNIMAR, Marília University Law School, São Paulo, Brazil;  International Trade Law specialization from Lund University Law School, Lund, Sweden;  Masters of Law degree from Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA, with specializations in International Law, U.S Law and Legal Methods, and Immigration Law; and U.S. Environmental Law and Sustainability certificate from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  Amanda speaks Portuguese and Spanish.  She is a dog lover and, in her spare time, loves to practice yoga, travel, and explore nature.



Cindy Macz
 

Cindy Macz is our part-time bookkeeper. She lived in Guatemala City for the first 22 years of her life.  She finished her undergraduate studies at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.  Cindy has been part of our team since 2013. With extensive experience including over 10 years in administration management, Cindy supports our legal team directly in the areas of bookkeeping and finances. Family and friends are a fundamental part of her life.



Glenda Portillo
 

As one of the faces of our Everett office, Glenda works hard to make our clients feel welcome and supported. She graduated from high school in 2018 and is currently studying to become a dental hygienist. As an immigrant from El Salvador, she is passionate about helping our clients as much as she can. Glenda loves the colors and smells of fall and keeps the office brightly decorated throughout the seasons.



Taisha Torres

 

Taisha Torres is a bilingual paralegal at Mills and Born. She graduated magna cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Substance Abuse and Addiction Studies. Ms. Torres worked as a case manager for Lutheran Social Services and later as a Social Worker for The Department of Children and Families.

 

During her time as a Case Manager for unaccompanied refugee minors she discovered her interest and passion for the immigration field. As a direct descendant of immigrants from Honduras and the Dominican Republic she felt a great connection to her clients and after some time in social services she decided to dedicate herself fulltime to the immigration field. Ms. Torres enjoys exploring new places, spending time at the beach, and with her family.

Carla Jorge
 

Carla Jorge, is a bilingual administration assistant with Mills and Born in Providence. Carla was born in Dominican Republic, where she lived and studied until she immigrated with her family to the United States.  As a teenager she decided to go back to the Dominican Republic and, later on, to Spain where she was accepted at the University of Barcelona and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She also has a Master’s Degree in Historical Heritage, and minor degrees in Antique Furniture and Paint Restoration.  Carla speaks, Spanish, Catalan and English. Carla brings a unique interest in arts, art history and cultures to her work at our office, and she always adds good cheer to every interaction with clients.

Danielle Villela
 

Danielle Villela is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She immigrated to the United States in 2008. She graduated from IBMEC School in Brazil and received her Master’s Degree in Law from Northeastern University. Danielle spent seven years as a Worker’s Rights Project Coordinator at the Brazilian Worker Center, where she led workshops, assisted workers in filing claims, and accompanied them to court appearances. Her extensive legal experience includes immigration, worker’s compensation, and personal injury cases. Danielle is fluent in Portuguese and English as well as being proficient in Spanish. She has a three year old daughter and enjoys spending time with her.



Patricia Rodriguez

Patricia Rodriguez is usually the first to greet you at Mills and Born.  She joined the organization in 2012. Previously, she worked for Catholic Migration Offices in Brooklyn, New York, a non-profit organization for 15 years. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She brings to the organization extensive personal experience with the Latino immigrants in the U.S and in Latin American countries. Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, going for long walks, and traveling.

Renata Tkactzuk
 

Renata is an accomplished paralegal whose experience runs the gamut of immigration case types. She herself is an immigrant from Brazil, where she studied Law at the University of Law in Maceio, Alagoas. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish and is enthusiastic about helping others through her work. When she is not working on client cases, she loves spending time with her three darling cats: Mimi, Sandy, and Miles.

Swetha Shivakumar
 

Swetha comes to the US from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Law and Commerce from Tamil Nadu Doctor Ambedkar Law University and subsequently was awarded a scholarship to pursue her Master’s in Law from Boston University. At Mills & Born, Swetha uses her background in Immigration Law and International Human Rights to produce the comprehensive legal briefs necessary for our lawyers to manage the ever-changing nature of the field. Outside of her legal writing, she is an accomplished poet and writer.



Margaret Born
 

Margaret grew up in Maputo, Mozambique and is fluent in Portuguese and French. As an undergraduate, she studied Arabic and Comparative Cultures. Margaret has channeled her lifelong passion for the rights and dignity of migrants into work with refugee support services, state government, and international aid organizations. In recognition of her leadership and commitment to public service, she was awarded the Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study in Ireland. She has recently completed her MA in International Security and Conflict and is delighted to be working with the wonderful clients of Mills & Born.



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